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Literature and Culture

Casa Italiana offers also classes to enrich the knowledge of the Italian culture and literature. 

Each semester there is a new, fascinating course! From Italian movie classics to literary classics, to the study of characters that have made Italy what it is today, Casa Italiana's teachers will show you another side of the "Bel Paese".

SI STAVA MEGLIO by Claudio di Biagio

The title of the book “Si Stava Meglio” by Claudio di Biagio is half of an Italian saying:“Si stava meglio quando si stava peggio”.  The main thread of the book is a trip that the author takes with his grandmother returning to places in Italy from her past.  In the meantime, a journalist friend of the author interviews three friends and he in turn will write their stories. The book is a nostalgic look at Italy seen through the eyes of the author’s 90-year-old grandmother.

In addition to reading the book, students will complete grammar and syntax exercises as well as write a commentary on what they have read. 

Tuition: $385 (12 weeks)

Sun. 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM;

Instructor: Liliana Lanzano   ONLINE

Starts:  Jan. 08 – April 02


Selections from movies will provide the mature students with a rich overview of Italian history and society.  Discussions and role play will serve as a pretext for improving conversation skills and fluency, while analyzing the cultural and social aspects of the Italian lifestyle.  Grammar and syntax will be reviewed as necessary during class discussion. 

Movies: "La vita e’ bella" di Roberto Benigni; "Mediterraneo" di Gabriele Salvatores; "La grande bellezza" di Paolo Sorrentino e "Il gattopardo" di Luchino Visconti.

Tuition: $385 (12 weeks) 


The learning material will be provided by the course’s instructor

GOMORRA by Roberto Saviano - Second Part

Saviano traces the decline of Naples under the rule of the Camorra, a powerful crime organization. The Camorra uses an elaborate international system to deal in 

drugs, fashion, construction and toxic waste. Through this book, Saviano introduces the world to a new breed of organized crime. 

The class will discuss the book and students will present research proposed by the teacher. 


Tuition: $385

Sun. 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM;

Instructor: Marisa Darvish



This course exposes students to Italian culture and Italian language skills through the use of film. Students will watch popular Italian TV series and learn about contemporary aspects of Italian society. They will also engage in creative linguistic exercises such as: role plays, writing scripts for TV programs, and complete comprehension exercises prepared by the instructor. Selected clips from the following TV series: Il Commissario Montalbano; L'Amica Geniale; Il Processo and Don Matteo will be shown.

The learning material will be provided by the course's instructor.

Tuition: $385 (12 weeks)


Mon. 6:30 - 8:30 PM    ONLINE

Instructor: Ingrid Nifosi

Starts: Jan. 9 – April 03


Rofalco was an Etruscan fortress located near Vulci that was destroyed by the Romans around 200 B.C. In this book the author, not only describes the war, the siege and the destruction, but also the everyday life of the Rofalco people with their customs, traditions, rituality and military practice.

There will be discussion of the book online and students will present research proposed by the instructor.


Tuition: $385 (12 weeks)

Tue. 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM;

Instructor: Marisa Darvish   ONLINE

Starts: Jan. 10 – March 28


This course aims to refine listening skills and fluency and to expand vocabulary for students who possess an advanced level of Italian. Through a selection of movies, documentaries, and independent videos, the course will discuss some historical, cultural, social, and linguistic aspects of Italy and its language. The course will adopt a conversational approach, however, grammar and syntax will be reviewed as necessary.


The learning material will be provided by the course’s instructor

Tuition: $385 (12 weeks)

Tues. 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Instructor: Fabio Bonetti       ONLINE

Starts: Jan. 10- March 28

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